Ramblings: European Youngsters, Kostin, and Quinn Hughes

Cam Robinson

2019-09-26

 

While we anxiously await the conclusion of the NHL preseason, the rest of the world has been playing meaningful games for some time. There have been more than a few youngsters who have been witnessing early success as well. 

 

Nils Lundkvist

The Rangers first-rounder has been making statements all over the place early on this season. At the Champions Hockey League tournament, the 19-year-old currently sits tied for the team-lead in points with four in as many games. He also leads the team in shots on goal (11) while skating 20:13 per game on the top pairing and top power-play unit. 

 

Back in club play, things have been going equally well for the Lulea defender. While the shot generation is down, the smooth-skater has posted four assists in five contests while skating over 22 minutes a game. 

 

Lundkvist loves to activate into the rush – often providing his squad with numbers as a result. Here’s a look at his helper from September 26. Notice the puck control while his head remains up assessing the play. This kid’s head is always up. 

 

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The Rangers system is ABSOLUTELY stacked these days and the backend is no exception. However, on the right side, I won’t be the least bit surprised to see Lundkvist elevate above Adam Fox, and Anthony DeAngelo to become a quality second-pairing, offensive contributor. 

 

He may not have the cache of a Fox, or K’Andre Miller, but his talent is very real and should translate nicely. Esepcailly with the serious workload he’s experiencing in a top European men’s league. 

 

Expect Lunkvist to cross the pond and push for an NHL job next fall. 

 

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Alexander Holtz

The draft-eligible winger has been out to a quick start for Djurgardens. Two goals and three points in four games thus far lead all U23 skaters early on this year.  The cherry on top is that he’s been seeing some time in the top six despite being just 17-years-old. 

 

Holtz should be right near the top of the draft board for keeper drafts next Fall. He’s one of the most gifted finishers to come around the last five years, but he’s not one-dimensional. His hands, awareness and speed-driven game will facilitate points in all varieties. 

 

But man, this kid can absolutely rip it.